Embark on a breathtaking journey when “Deep Sky” opens in IMAX at the AutoNation® IMAX® 3D Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) on Friday, October 20. The highly anticipated documentary brings the awe-inspiring images captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to IMAX® – taking audiences on a journey to the beginning of time and space, to never-before-seen cosmic landscapes and to recently discovered exoplanets around other stars. Directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn and narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams, “Deep Sky” follows the high-stakes global mission to build JWST and to launch it into orbit one-million miles from Earth. JWST’s mission was to answer questions that have haunted us since the beginning of time: Where did we come from? How did the universe begin? Are we alone? “Deep Sky” reveals the universe as we have never seen it before; immersing audiences in the stunning pictures beamed back to earth by NASA’s new telescope – and capturing its vast beauty at a scale that can only be experienced on the giant IMAX screen.
“We are thrilled to present ‘Deep Sky,’ a stunningly intricate and remarkable exploration of our galaxy and the scientific team who realized their dream to go beyond,” said Joseph P. Cox, president and CEO of MODS. “This documentary film complements our STEM educational curriculum and we know it will spark curiosity and wonder among guests of all ages as they ponder their own unique place in the universe.”
“Deep Sky” goes behind the scenes of JWST, capturing its launch and the release of the mind-blowing first full-color images seen by billions around the world. The film is a thrilling story that begins during the telescope’s construction, following it to the harrowing launch stage and through the release of the first full-color images to the public on July 12, 2022.
“Deep Sky” is written, produced and directed by Nathaniel Kahn, produced by Bonnie Hlinomaz and executive produced by John Turner, Matt Mountain, Sandra Evers-Manly and Gerry Ohrstrom. The film was financed in part by a grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation and is co-financed by IMAX.IMAX and the filmmakers are grateful to NASA, ESA, CSA, the Space Telescope Science Institute and AURA for their assistance in making this film.
“If there ever was a subject tailor-made for IMAX screens, this is it,” said Kahn. “The IMAX format allows you to appreciate the astonishing resolution of NASA’s new telescope and to immerse yourself in cosmic landscapes that leave you filled with awe.”
The AutoNation® IMAX® 3D Theater at the Museum of Discovery and Science is located at 401 SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale. “Deep Sky” is included in the MODS Discovery Pass, an all-in-one ticket that includes Museum exhibitions, live science demonstrations and one IMAX documentary film. “Deep Sky” has a run time of 40 minutes. For tickets, please visit mods.org/tickets and for showtimes, please visit mods.org/showtimes.
Photo Credit: NASA
Featured in the IMAX® documentary Deep Sky, this image from JWST shows the heart of M74, otherwise known as the Phantom Galaxy. M74 is a particular class of spiral galaxy known as a ‘grand design spiral’, meaning that its spiral arms are prominent and well-defined, unlike the patchy and ragged structure seen in some spiral galaxies.
Photo Credit: NASA
By combining images of the iconic Pillars of Creation from two cameras aboard JWST, the universe has been framed in its infrared glory. Webb’s near-infrared image was fused with its mid-infrared image, setting this star-forming region ablaze with new details.